Taixtsalda Hill Fire gains another 2,000 acres; tops 20,000-acre mark

The hot and dry weather on Tuesday supported active fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357)  burning southeast of Tok. The fire is now estimated at 20,500 acres, an increase of 2,100 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest […]

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State forestry firefighters mopping up small wildfire near Palmer

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are responding to a small wildfire in the Knik River Valley approximately 20 miles southeast of Palmer. The Friday Fire, estimated at three-tenths of an acre, was reported on the north side of the Knik River near Friday Creek late Monday night by residents on Knik River […]

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Firefighters conduct successful burnouts around allotments on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Fire behavior was active again on Monday and the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) southeast of Tok grew by another 3,000 acres. The fire is now estimated at 18,406 acres, an increase of approximately 3,000 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of […]

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Crews continue allotment protection on 15,200-acre Taixtsalda Hill Fire

The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) burning southeast of Tok has grown to 15,200 acres as of Sunday evening, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire, which started July 23, is approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of Northway and 38 miles southeast of Tok. A Type 3 incident management team based in […]

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Firefighters continue prepping allotments for possible burnout operation on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Firefighters continue to set up protection measures around Native allotments and cabins threatened by the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) in hopes of conducting burnout operations to widen and reinforce containment lines around them. The latest size estimate for the Taixtsalda Hill Fire is 14,428 acres, a decrease of more than 500 acres from Saturday, according […]

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Taixtsalda Hill Fire still growing; now estimated at 15,000 acres

The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) burning southeast of Tok continued to grow on Friday due to hot, dry conditions and is now estimated at 15,000 acres, an increase of approximately 2,000 acres from Friday. Most of the new growth on Friday occurred on the north end of the fire as the result of a 1-mile […]

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16 smokejumpers now working on fire near Hughes

Eight smokejumpers were added today to help the eight already working on the 25-acre Hughes Mountain Fire (#363) burning about four miles west of Hughes since Tuesday. The original eight smokejumpers made good progress cutting saw line from the head of the fire to both the left and right flanks yesterday. Two water-scooping Fire Boss […]

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Taixtsalda Hill Fire grows to 13,000 acres; public meetings planned in Northway, Tok

The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) burning southwest of Northway continues to grow due to hot, dry and windy conditions that have persisted for the last week in the eastern Interior. The fire is now estimated at 13,000 acres, an increase of 1,000 acres from Thursday. The fire started on Monday and is burning in a […]

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Work continues on BLM AFS staffed fires

The high pressure that brought warm and dry conditions to many of the fires in the past few days is moving off to the east in Canada, resulting in slightly cooler weather and even some rain in parts of Alaska. As good as that sounds, the Eastern Interior where two of the state’s staffed fires […]

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Community meeting Friday in Northway about Taixtsalda Hill Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry will be holding a public meeting in the village of Northway on Friday at 6 p.m. in the Northway Community Hall to provide information and answer questions regarding the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357). The Taixtsalda Hill Fire started on Monday and had burned an estimated 12,000 acres as of Thursday […]

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